VA students show gains, but less than 50% considered proficient

Nationwide standardized test results show Virginia students performing better in reading and math than the country as a whole, but most are not considered grade ...
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Big Powerball jackpot means big lottery sales

The Virginia Lottery expects a busy day at its outlets across the state now that tonight's Powerball jackpot has grown to an estimated $245 million ...
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Skunks are on the move in the Roanoke Valley

Are you seeing or maybe smelling more skunks in the Roanoke Valley these days?  Roanoke Animal Control Officer Michael Quesenberry says skunks are looking for ...
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Police make arrest in Bonsack auto theft

Roanoke County police say they've located the man who drove off with a car from the Bonsack Walmart after the car's owner accidentally dropped his ...
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Roanoke Police will soon offer some drug dealers a new choice

Roanoke Police say they expect to arrest a lot of drug dealers soon, dealers they've been watching for months in one small neighborhood.  But what's ...
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Donate a new or gently used coat to the Rescue Mission

The Roanoke Rescue Mission needs your help in keeping homeless men, women and children warm this winter.  Right now, about 400 people are staying in ...
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Registrars report some Election Day confusion

Election officials across the state are getting ready for this year's general election and finding there's some confusion on the date. More from WFIR's Evan ...
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Question for Roanoke: if Amtrak returns, where should the station be?

The arrival and departures of several passenger excursion trains to Roanoke serves as a reminder of state plans to restore Amtrak service within the next ...
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Green Living and Energy Expo returns Friday

An annual event designed to save energy and money gets underway this Friday.  It's the 12th Annual Green Living and Energy Expo from the Association ...
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How to get rid of unused or expired medications

Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and many locations in this area will be accepting pills.  Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coordinator Kathy ...
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No boogity-boogity or smokin’ hot wife in Sunday Martinsville invocat...

The NASCAR nation descends upon Martinsville this weekend, and as always, the pre-race program includes an invocation. The man who will deliver the prayer promises ...
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Playing the Virginia Lottery on Facebook

Virginia Lottery players now have an opportunity to win on Facebook. The lottery's new scratcher game, Diamond Doubler, is the first ticket from any lottery ...
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Salem will quickly put $800,000 phys ed grant to use

Salem schools will move quickly to put to use a portion of the $800,000 Federal Grant they have received for Physical Education programs. School officials ...
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Move-in month nears at new Roanoke County library

Move-in month is nearing at Roanoke County's new library along Merriman Road near Penn Forest Elementary School. After almost two full two years of construction, ...
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Halloween may be fun, but it can also be dangerous

A fun time of the year for youngsters is coming Monday, and public safety officials want it to remain fun. Halloween can also be a ...
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“Save a Ton” wants to save you energy — and money

Officials in the New River and Roanoke Valley's have launched a new program to help people and business save energy and money. The multimedia "Save ...
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McDonnell: VA wants the defense jobs if MD does not

Governor Bob McDonnell says Virginia would welcome thousands of defense contractor jobs from Maryland -- after a local government there prepared a resolution calling for ...
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Solar home to return to its its own home in Blacksburg

Virginia Tech's award-winning solar home is returning the Blacksburg. The groundbreaking home provides all amenities of a modern home without using any outside electricity. More ...
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Interested in holiday work? Apply now.

About 620,000 seasonal jobs are expected to be available during the holiday season nationwide, and the Better Business Bureau says if you are interested in ...
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Using iPads to boost business: there’s a workshop for that

Roanoke's Department of Economic Development will present two workshops Wednesday on how businesses can utilize the iPad.  Sandy Ratliff with the Virginia Department of Business ...
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